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Title: Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Contemporary Issues in Management

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Contemporary
Issues in Management
  • John Popovich, Jr., MD, MACP
  • Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Henry Ford Hospital

Goals and Disclosures
  • Goals
  • Review the epidemiology, causal factors, and
    clinical aspects of chronic obstructive lung
  • Provide new insights into traditional management
    of chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Understand the rationale driving new approaches
    to treatment of chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Disclosures
  • None

What is COPD?
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a
    preventable and treatable disease that is
  • Characterized by airflow limitation that is not
    fully reversible (FEV1/FVC ratio less than 70)
  • Airflow limitation is usually both progressive
    and associated with an abnormal inflammatory
    response of the lungs to noxious particles or

What is COPD?
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is
  • A disease that primarily affects the lungs, but
    also produces significant systemic consequences
  • Clinically characterized by chronic airflow with
    acute exacerbations (dyspnea, cough, sputum
  • Exacerbations may be triggered by
    tracheobronchial infections or environmental

COPDEpidemic, Lethal, and Indiscriminate
  • COPD is highly prevalent
  • 7-19 prevalence affecting an estimated 32
    million people in the Unites States and 280
    million people worldwide
  • COPD is highly lethal
  • The 4th leading cause of death in the United
    States (behind heart disease, cancer, and
    cerebrovascular disease)
  • Of the six leading causes of death in the United
    States, only COPD has been increasing steadily
    since 1970
  • COPD is indiscriminate
  • Gender and racial gaps closing
  • Fastest rising cause of death in Asia

Causes of Death in Patients with COPD
Lethal in many ways
Rabe K. N Engl J Med 2007356851-854
Expanding Service and Economic Burden
  • Direct medical expenditures amounted to an
    estimated 14.7 billion in 1993 by 2002 this was
    estimated at 32.1 billion
  • During 2000, COPD in the United States was
    responsible for the following
  • 8 million physician office and hospital
    outpatient visits
  • 1.5 million emergency department visits
  • 726,000 hospitalizations for COPD
  • 119,000 deaths
  • Median annual costs of disease by stage of
    disease (Friedman et al. Unpublished data. 2000
  • Mild, 2,000
  • Moderate, 5,000
  • Severe, 11,000
  • Two thirds of costs related to exacerbations
    (Hilleman et al. Chest 20001181278-85)

The Risk of Disease
  • Host Factors
  • Genes
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • SERPINA1 (alpha-1 AT) polymorphisms
  • Genes of oxidative stress, mucins, inflammatory
  • Hyperresponsiveness
  • Lung growth
  • birth weight less than 5.5 pound
  • maximally obtained lung function
  • Nutrition
  • n-3 fatty acids (protective)
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Exposure
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Primary
  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Occupational dusts and chemicals/fumes
  • Multiple industries manufacturing and services
  • 31 attribution in non-smokers 19 in smokers
  • Environmental exposures- biomass fuel exposures,
    high altitude
  • Indoor and outdoor pollution
  • Infection
  • Gender

Pathogenesis of COPD
An inflammatory cascade triggered by noxious
agents, stimulating epithelial cells and
alveolar macrophages, and lead by MCP-1
charged CD8 lymphocytes and IL-8 and leukotriene
B4 charged neutrophils
Barnes P. N Engl J Med 2000343269-280
Protease-Antiprotease Imbalance in COPD
Barnes P. N Engl J Med 2000343269-280
Oxidative Stress in COPD
Protean inflammatory manifestations
Barnes P. N Engl J Med 2000343269-280
Systemic Inflammation in COPD
  • Systemic inflammation in COPD is an independent
    risk factor for exacerbations and fatal
  • Weight loss (decreased fat free mass)
  • Skeletal muscle dysfunction
  • Anemia
  • Cardiovascular disease (pulmonary hypertension,
    cor pulmonale)
  • Others
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Cancer

Greeneweger KH, et al. Chest 2008 133 350-359
Mechanisms of Airflow Limitation in COPD
  • Alveolar wall destruction with loss of
    elasticity small airways no longer tethered
  • Destruction of pulmonary capillary bed
  • Fibrosis and narrowing of airways (obliterative

Barnes P. N Engl J Med 2000343269-280
Airflow Obstruction in COPD Irreversible and
  • Irreversible
  • Fibrosis and narrowing of the airways-respiratory
  • Loss of elastic recoil due to alveolar
  • Destruction of alveolar support that maintains
    patency of small airway
  • Reversible
  • Accumulation of inflammatory cells, mucus, and
    plasma exudate in bronchi- chronic bronchitis
  • Smooth muscle contraction in peripheral and
    central airways
  • Dynamic hyperinflation during exercise

Barnes P. N Engl J Med 2000343269-280
Diagnosis of COPD
  • History of exposure to risk factors, especially
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Occupational dusts, fumes, chemicals
  • Smoke from home cooking and heating fuels
  • Chronic cough
  • May be intermittent and may be unproductive
  • Chronic sputum production
  • Any pattern of chronic sputum production may
    indicate COPD
  • Dyspnea
  • Progressive (worsens over time)
  • Usually worse with exercise
  • Persistent and daily
  • Described by patient as
  • increased effort to breathe
  • heaviness
  • air hunger
  • gasping

  • Exertional breathlessness presenting as an
    inability to perform tasks
  • Degree of dyspnea correlates only indirectly with
    FEV1 reductions
  • Physiological correlation with dynamic
  • Air trapping with more rapid breathing
  • PFT correlation with inspiratory capacity

Sutherland E and Cherniack R. N Engl J Med
Pulmonary Hyperinflation in COPD
  • Independent from degree of airflow obstruction,
    major cause of symptoms and limitations in
    advanced disease
  • Dyspnea with walking more correlative with
    dynamic hyperinflation than FEV1
  • Estimate by inspiratory capacity/TLC ratio

Pinto-Plata VM, Cote C, Cabral H, et al. The
6-minute walk distance change over time and
value as a predictor of survival in severe COPD.
Eur Repir J 2004 1 28-33
Differential Diagnosis of COPD
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Obliterative bronchiolitis
  • Diffuse panbronchiolitis

Why COPD is Often Undiagnosed
  • Patient Issues
  • Patients under perceive their complaints as
    smoking related
  • Exercise limitations often attributed to be
    natural for a smoker
  • Functional decline is insidious and allows
    compensatory exertional reduction (deal with
    exertion by not exerting)
  • Physician Issues
  • Inappropriate attribution of complaints
  • Limitations of the history and physical
    examination to identify airflow obstruction

Bottom line alert to smoking history and
wheezing to trigger diagnosis
Smetana, G. W. JAMA 20072972121-2130.
Spirometry The Key to Diagnosis
  • Perform spirometry in patients who have chronic
    cough and dyspnea with a history of exposure to
    risk factors
  • COPD is defined as an FEV1/FVC , 70 and a post
    bronchodilator FEV1 lt 80

Further Thoughts about Spirometry
  • FEV1
  • Insensitive indicator of early chronic airflow
  • Good predictor of subsequent decline
  • Severity of COPD may not be accurately reflected
    by the FEV1 alone
  • Reversibility of less than 15-important to
    exclude asthma as an underlying diagnosis
  • Routine spirometry for COPD?
  • No AHRQ, 2005
  • Yes Ann Intern Med 2006 144 390-396

Further Thoughts about Spirometry
  • Optimal frequency of spirometry for patients with
  • No clear guidelines or evidence
  • Pragmatic recommendation of every two years
  • Purpose of regular monitoring is staging and to
    identify patients with increasing severity of
    disease who may benefit from referral for more
    intensive treatments.

Factors Determining Severity of COPD
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Severity of airflow limitation
  • Frequency and severity of exacerbations
  • Presence of respiratory insufficiency
  • Co-morbidity
  • General health status, especially cardiac and
  • Number of medications needed to manage the
  • Presence of complications of COPD

Staging COPD
  • Stage 0 (at risk)
  • normal spirometry
  • chronic symptoms of cough and sputum production
  • chronic non-obstructive bronchitis
  • Stage I (mild)
  • FEV1/FVC lt 70
  • FEV1 gt 80 of predicted
  • With or without chronic symptoms (cough, sputum,

Staging COPD
  • Stage II (moderate)
  • FEV1/FVC lt 70
  • FEV1 gt 30 and lt 80 of predicted
  • IIA FEV1 gt 50 and lt 80of predicted
  • IIB FEV1 gt 30 and lt 50of predicted
  • With or without chronic symptoms (cough, sputum,
  • Important stage for intervention

Staging COPD
  • Stage III (severe)
  • FEV1/FVC lt 70
  • FEV1 lt 30 of predicted, or
  • FEV1 lt 50 of predicted plus respiratory failure
    of clinical signs of right heart failure
  • Identifies a group of patients likely to require
    oxygen, transplantation, lung volume reduction,
    or palliative/end-stage care

COPD Progression Is Not Scripted and Can Be
  • Normal decline in lung function is less than 40
  • Decline in lung function significantly more steep
    in patients with COPD and continued smoking
  • There is a decline in slope of reduction with
    smoking cessation (Lung Health Study)

Better Metrics for COPD?
  • Inspiratory capacity (IC/TLC ratio)
  • 6-minute walk distance
  • Dyspnea measures (Medical Research Council scale)
  • Health status
  • St. Georges Respiratory Questionnaire
  • Chronic Respiratory Questionnaire
  • Multidimensional indices
  • BODE index
  • Acute exacerbations

BODE Index for COPD
Celli B et al. N Engl J Med 20043501005-1012

BODE Index versus COPD Stages of Severity
  • Higher scores on the body-mass index, degree of
    airflow obstruction and dyspnea, and exercise
    capacity (BODE) index indicate a greater risk of
  • BODE quartiles by score
  • Quartile 1 0 to 2
  • Quartile 2 3 to 4
  • Quartile 3 5 to 6
  • Quartile 4 7 to 10

Celli B et al. N Engl J Med 20043501005-1012
Managing COPD

Five Components of COPD Management
  • Assess and monitor disease
  • Reduce risk factors
  • Manage stable COPD
  • Education
  • Pharmacologic
  • Non-pharmacologic
  • Manage exacerbations
  • Manage complex severe disease

Objectives of COPD Management
  • Prevent disease progression
  • Relieve symptoms
  • Improve exercise tolerance
  • Improve health status (QOL)
  • Prevent and treat exacerbations
  • Prevent and treat complications
  • Reduce mortality-prolong meaningful life
  • Minimize side effects from treatment

No Need for Therapeutic Nihilism
  • Effective evidence-based therapy for survival
  • Smoking cessation
  • Long term oxygen therapy in hypoxemic patients
  • Non-invasive mechanical ventilation in some
    patients with acute on chronic respiratory
  • Lung volume reduction for patients with upper
    lobe emphysema and poor exercise capacity

No Need for Therapeutic Nihilism
  • Effective evidence-based therapy for improved
    symptoms and quality of life
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Improved lung function, health status and
    possibly relative risk of dying
  • TORCH study of combined salmeterol and
    fluticasone inhaled therapy

Management of COPD
Sutherland E and Cherniack R. N Engl J Med
Managing Stable COPDHealth Care Maintenance
  • All stages of COPD should be managed with
  • Avoidance of noxious agents
  • Smoking cessation
  • Reduction of indoor pollution
  • Reduction of occupational exposure
  • Influenza vaccination
  • Pneumococcal vaccination
  • Healthy lifestyle choices, relating to exercise,
    nutrition, mind-body health, and general care
  • Health education

Wrong Choice
Brandt A. N Engl J Med 2008359445-448
Reducing the RiskKey Points
  • Reduction of total personal exposure to tobacco
    smoke, occupational dusts, and chemicals, and
    indoor and outdoor air pollutants are important
    goals to prevent the onset and progression of
  • Smoking cessation is the single most effective-
    and cost-effective-intervention to reduce the
    risk of developing COPD and stop its progression
    (Evidence A)

Strategies to Help the Patient Willing to Quit
  • ASK Systematically identify all tobacco users
    at every visit
  • Strongly urge all tobacco users to quit
  • ASSESS Determine willingness to make an attempt
    to quit
  • Aid the patient in quitting

Strategies to Help the Patient Willing to Quit
  • Counseling
  • Use combination of behavioral interventions and
    pharmacologic therapy
  • The "maximum acceptable" behavioral therapy will
    often be a brief, office-based intervention
  • Varenicline
  • First line therapy
  • Note safety concerns
  • There is currently no evidence to support
    combination of other modalities with varenicline
    and until data are available, we suggest not
    combining varenicline with bupropion or with
    nicotine replacement therapy

Varenicline (Chantix) InformationFDA Alert,
February 1, 2008
  • Serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred
    in patients taking varenicline (Chantix)
  • changes in behavior
  • agitation
  • depressed mood
  • suicidal ideation
  • attempted and completed suicide.
  • Although symptoms and events may be a result of
    nicotine withdrawal, some patients experienced
    serious neuropsychiatric symptoms and events
    despite continuing to smoke
  • In most cases, neuropsychiatric symptoms
    developed during treatment, but in others,
    symptoms developed following withdrawal of
    varenicline therapy

Strategies to Help the Patient Willing to Quit
  • Nicotine replacement
  • Buproprion
  • Second line therapy
  • Bupropion (especially in history of depression)
    or nicotine (any preparation) replacement if
    patients have not had success with varenicline
  • Bupropion can be combined with multiple
    formulations of nicotine replacement,
    particularly an as-needed dosing formulation plus
    a transdermal system

Pneumococcal Vaccination and COPD
  • Level "A" CDC recommendation but limited data in
    patients with COPD
  • Clinical and laboratory studies have suggested
    that the currently approved vaccine is less
    effective in the population of COPD patients than
    in healthier patients
  • To date no randomized-controlled trial of
    pneumococcal vaccination for COPD patients has
    demonstrated any beneficial effect
  • New laboratory methods have been developed and
    more accurate determination of the immunogenicity
    of pneumococcal vaccines is now possible
  • There is considerable interest in the development
    of an improved pneumococcal vaccine for patients
    with COPD
  • Advances in vaccine design hold considerable
    promise for improved prevention against pneumonia
    and acute exacerbations caused by Streptococcus

Schenkein JG at al. Chest. 2008 133767-774.
Management of COPD
Sutherland E and Cherniack R. N Engl J Med
Managing Stable COPD
  • The overall approach to managing stable COPD
    should be characterized by a stepwise increase in
    the treatment, depending of the severity of the
  • None of the existing medications for COPD has
    been convincingly shown to modify the long-term
    decline in lung function that is the hallmark of
    the disease (Evidence A-Lung Health Study I).
    Therefore, pharmacotherapy for COPD is used
    primarily to decrease symptoms and/or

Managing Stable COPDBronchodilators
  • Bronchodilator medications are central to the
    symptomatic management of COPD (Evidence A).
    They are given on an as needed basis or on a
    regular basis to prevent or reduce symptoms
  • The principal bronchodilator treatments are
    beta2-agonists, anticholinergics, theophylline,
    and a combination of these drugs (Evidence A).
  • The choice between drug therapy choices depends
    on availability and individual response in terms
    of symptoms relief and side effects
  • Important Concepts
  • Inhaled therapy is preferred
  • Mucosal delivery leads to side effects, such as
  • MDI use may be difficult for older adults use
    spacer of nebulizer delivery
  • Use short acting beta agonist drugs for rescue,
    on-the-go therapy
  • Long acting bronchodilators are safe (e.g. once
    or twice daily nebulizer bronchodilators such as
    formoterol) are more effective than short acting
  • FEV1 changes maybe small with symptomatic benefit
    due to other mechanisms, e.g. decrease in lung

Managing Stable COPDTherapy Consider
  • Appropriate dosing
  • Ipratropium 2-4 puffs up to four times daily
    benefit when used in combination with albuterol
    (the COMBIVENT trial)
  • LABA adverse QOL consequences of doses higher
    than recommended maximum
  • Theophylline targeted ranges of 8-13 mg/dL,
    lower than prior recommendations
  • Unproven therapeutic benefit to date
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g.
  • Anti-interleukin 8
  • Anti-tumor necrosis factor
  • Leukotriene inhibitors (e.g., montelukast)
  • Mucolytic agents (possible organic iodide)
  • Antiprotease (unless alpha-1 antitrypsin
  • unless associated respiratory tract allergy or
    asthma coexistent

Toward Long Acting Bronchodilators
  • Salmeterol versus ipratropium
  • Prolonged bronchodilator effect of salmeterol
    (10-12 hours versus 4-6 hours)
  • Decrease in exacerbation during the 12 week study
    period raising the question, is salmeterol
  • Tiotropium superior to ipratropium
  • Decrease in exacerbations by 24 compared to
  • Meta-analysis favored benefits of long acting
    beta agonists or tiotropium in COPD exacerbations

Mahler et al. Chest 1999 115957-6 Casaburi et
al. Eur Respir J 200218217-224 Sin, D. D. et
al. JAMA 20032902301-2312
Managing Stable COPDBronchodilators
Yes supports an improvement in outcome Yes (A)
is supported by more than one randomized trial
Celli BR. Chest 20081331451-1462
Combined bronchodilator therapy?
  • Long-acting beta-2 agonists in combination with
  • Improved bronchodilation with combined salmeterol
    and theophylline than either alone, as well as a
    reduction in exacerbations in 1,000 patients
  • Long-acting beta-2 agonists in combination with
  • Improved bronchodilation with salmeterol or
    formoterol and ipratropium

ZuWallack et al . Chest 20011191347-56 van
Noord et al. Eur Respir J 2000181578-85 Durzo
et al. Chest 2001 1191247-56
Managing Stable COPDCombination Therapy
Yes supports an improvement in outcome Yes (A)
is supported by more than one randomized trial
Celli BR. Chest 20081331451-1462
Combined Long Acting Therapy in Moderate COPD
  • Canadian tiotropium trial (OPTIMAL)
  • Comparison of tiotropium plus placebo versus
    tiotropium and salmeterol or tiotropium with
    salmeterol and fluticasone
  • Exacerbation rate the same but the tiotropium
    with salmeterol and fluticasone had better lung
    function, improved quality of life, and fewer
    COPD-related hospital admissions

Aaron SD, et al. Ann Intern Med 2007 146
Combined Long Acting Therapy in Moderate COPD
  • Combination of two bronchodilators (e.g.
    tiotropium and LABA) if one is insufficient
  • 605 patients studied
  • Tiotropium plus formoterol was reported to have
    better 6 week daytime lung function than
    salmeterol/fluticasone in GOLD stages II and III

Rabe KF et al. Chest 2008 134255-262.
Tiotropium and Stroke
  • FDA notified by the manufacturer of a possible
    increased risk of stroke in patients who take
    this medicine 
  • Pooled data analysis of the safety data from 29
    placebo controlled clinical studies including
    approximately 13,500 patients with COPD. 
  • preliminary estimates of the risk of stroke are 8
    patients per 1000 patients treated for one year
    with Spiriva, and 6 patients per 1000 patients
    treated for one year with placebo.  
  • This means that the estimated excess risk of any
    type of stroke due to Spiriva is 2 patients for
    each 1000 patients using Spiriva over a one year

Novel Pharmacological Treatment of COPD
  • New long-acting agents
  • New beta-2 agonists
  • Arformoterol
  • Carmoterol
  • Indacaterol
  • New anticholinergic agents
  • GSK-233705
  • Combination of long acting beta-2 agonists and
    anticholinergic agents

Novel Pharmacological Treatment of COPD
  • Phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitors (e.g.,
    cilomilast, roflumiast)
  • Actions
  • Bronchodilator effect
  • Anti-inflammatory effects on smooth muscles and
  • Pulmonary function effect
  • Reduction in lung volume
  • Reduction in hyperinflation

Gamble W. Am J Respir Crit Care 2002
165A227 Gamble et al Am J Respir Crit Care 2003
168976-982 Zamel et al. Am J Respir Crit Care
2002 165A226
Novel Pharmacological Treatment of COPD
  • NAC (N-acetylcysteine)
  • Provides cysteine for increased production of the
    antioxidant glutathione
  • Meta-analyses and retrospective analyses
    suggesting oral NAC was associated with
    significant (22-29) reduction in acute
    exacerbations of chronic bronchitis or COPD or in
    readmission to hospital for COPD
  • BRONCHUS study randomized trial showing NAC is
    ineffective at prevention of lung function
    decline or exacerbations

Poole et al BMJ 2001 3221271-1274 Decramer et
al, Lancet 2005 365 1552-60
Novel Pharmacological Treatment of COPD
  • Stereoisomer agents (e.g. racemic albuterol)
  • Separating the good twin from the bad
  • Conflicting laboratory and clinical studies
  • S-isomers are harmful in the laboratory but more
    inert in clinical studies

Inhaled CorticosteroidsGOLD COPD Guidelines
  • Regular treatment with inhaled glucocorticosteroid
    s should only be prescribed for symptomatic COPD
    patients with documented spirometric response to
    glucocorticosteroids or in those with Stage IIB
    disease and repeated exacerbations requiring
    treatment with antibiotics and/or oral
  • Six week to three month trial should be

Inhaled CorticosteroidsEarly Support of Use in
  • Fluticasone decreased rate of loss of quality of
    life and reduced frequency of exacerbations
    (Inhaled Steroids in Obstructive Lung Disease in
    Europe (ISOLDE) Trial
  • Is there a mortality effect?
  • Observational analysis of 22,620 Canadian
  • 30 reduction in mortality in patients who were
    prescribed inhaled corticosteroids following
    admission to the hospital

Burge et al. BMJ 20003201297-1303 Sin et al. Am
J Respir Crit Care Med 2001164580-84
Benefits of Inhaled Steroid Therapy in Moderate
  • TORCH Toward a Revolution in COPD
  • 6,112 patients 3 year follow up
  • Placebo versus salmeterol and/or fluticasone-no
    statistically significant mortality difference
  • Benefits
  • Decreased frequency of exacerbations placebo
    versus salmeterol and fluticasone-decreased (1.13
    to 0.85) annual exacerbations
  • Decreased use of oral corticosteroids
  • Protection against decline in lung function
    post hoc analysis suggests slowing of disease
    progression (39 mL/yr with combined therapy
    versus 55 mL/yr with placebo alone)
  • Risk
  • Increased rate of pneumonia

Calverley PM, et al. N Eng J Med 2007
316775-785 Celli BR, , et al. Am J Respir Crit
Care Med 2008 178 332-338
Benefits of Inhaled Steroid Therapy in Moderate
  • No definitive comparative dosing studies of
    inhaled corticosteroids in COPD
  • Most studies (ISOLDE, TORCH) have used high dose
    (e.g. fluticasone 1,000 mcg/day)
  • Current data suggests optimal effectiveness is
    provided by combined inhaled corticosteroid and
    long acting beta-agonists

Whats the Bottom Line
  • COPD is a heterogeneous disease with some
    heterogeneous response to inhaled corticosteroids
  • Stepwise drug therapy based on staging is
  • Short acting bronchodilator (s) for intermittent
  • Single long acting bronchodilator if (1) is
  • Decision point
  • Combination of long acting bronchodilators in
    moderate disease (per OPTIMAL study), or
  • Long acting beta agonist/inhaled corticosteroid
    combination with or without tiotropium if failure
    to achieve therapeutic goal, exacerbations, or
    positive response to n of 1 trial

Oral Steroids in COPD
  • Use in moderate COPD
  • 1991 Meta-Analysis
  • Combined 10 Studies (299 patients)
  • Rx 40 mg prednisone for 14 days
  • Response ? 20 increase in FEV1
  • Control 11 (29/256)
  • Steroids 21 (54/256)
  • Use in severe exacerbations (e.g. requiring
  • Exact dose not known 30 to 40 mg of oral
    prednisolone daily to 7-14 days only
  • Prolonged therapy provides no advantage
  • Remember osteoporosis in patients with frequent

Callahan et al. Ann Intern Med 1991 114 216-23
Management of COPD
Sutherland E and Cherniack R. N Engl J Med
Physical Activity in COPD
  • All COPD patients benefit from exercise training,
    improving with respect to both exercise tolerance
    and symptoms of dyspnea and fatigue (Evidence A).
  • Significant improvements in health-related
    quality of life reported by patients (Evidence A)
  • Exercise rehabilitation does not improve
    pulmonary function (e.g. spirometry)
  • General health benefits (cardiovascular fitness,
    weight control, depression)

Physical Activity in COPD
  • Determination of contribution of pulmonary and
    extrapulmonary factors leading to reduced
    physical activity in COPD
  • Two thirds of a spectrum of COPD patients have
    low physical activity
  • Two thirds of variance related to degree of
    airflow obstruction
  • One third of variance due to a combination of
    extrapulmonary factors (systemic inflammation,
    left cardiac dysfunction)
  • Presence of nutritional depletion, depression,
    anemia, peripheral arterial disease, pulmonary
    hypertension, and/or peripheral muscle strength
    did not contribute significantly to physical
    activity variances.
  • No improvements in whole body exercise and QOL
    with anabolic steroids, growth hormone, or

Watz et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Randomized trial of 100 patients receiving either
    standard care or six-month rehabilitation program
  • No change in FEV1
  • Significant improvement in six-minute walking
  • Increased in the first six months then stabilized
    in the rehabilitation group
  • Decline in control group
  • Pronounced improvement in quality of life as
  • measure by the Chronic Respiratory Disease
    Questionnaire (CRDQ)
  • Basically the most effective intervention to
    improve exercise capacity and/or health in
    patients with COPD
  • Troosters et al. Am J Med 2000 109207-12
  • Sin, D. et al. JAMA 20032902301-2312

Oxygen Therapy
  • Benefits of supplemental oxygen in hypoxemic
    (rest PaO2 lt 55 mm Hg) patients COPD
  • Must be provided continuously (at least 20 hours
    a day) versus intermittently
  • Nocturnal oxygen inadequate to achieve outcome

NOTT Group Ann Intern Med 1980 93 391-8
Oxygen Therapy
  • Benefits of supplemental oxygen in hypoxemic
    (rest PaO2 lt 55 mm Hg) patients COPD
  • Improved survival (40), neuropsychiatric testing
    and exercise
  • Reductions in polycythemia, pulmonary artery
    pressures, dyspnea, hypoxemia during sleep, and
    nocturnal arrhythmias

NOTT Group Ann Intern Med 1980 93 391-8
Oxygen Therapy Few More Points
  • Benefits of supplemental oxygen in
  • exercising patients (SaO2 lt 88) with COPD
  • Improved exercise performance
  • No survival improvement
  • Does not predict nocturnal desaturation
  • Diffusing capacity gt 55 of predicted was 100
    specific in excluding exercise desaturation

Cell BR. Chest 2008 23932-946
Oxygen Therapy Few More Points
  • Hypercapnia (gt 45 mm Hg) during the day predicts
    a high prevalence of nocturnal desaturation
    detect by one overnight oximetry study
  • Up to 40 of patients will no longer require
    oxygen when retest 1 to 3 months after initiation
    of therapy
  • One area where pulmonary specialist referral can
    assist in management

Celli BR. Chest 2008 23932-946
Managing Exacerbations of COPD
  • Exacerbations in respiratory symptoms requiring
    medical intervention are important and costly
    clinical events in COPD
  • Nearly half of patient discharged from hospital
    for exacerbations are readmitted more than once
    within 6 months
  • Inhaled bronchodilators, theophylline, and
    systemic (oral or intravenous) glucocorticosteroid
    s are effective for the treatment of COPD
  • Systemic corticosteroids should not be used for
    more than two weeks (unless there is very good

Management of Acute Exacerbation of COPD
The importance of stage of disease
Celli, B. R. JAMA 20032902721-2729
Optimal Management Exacerbations of COPD
  • Quality of patient care for patients hospitalized
    for acute exacerbations may be improved by
    increasing the use of systemic corticosteroid and
    antibiotic therapy, decreasing use of unnecessary
    and harmful treatments, and reducing variation in
    practice across hospitals
  • Unnecessary and harmful treatments included
    methylxanthine bronchodilators, sputum testing,
    acute spirometry, chest physiotherapy, and
    mucolytic medications
  • Only a third of nearly 70,000 US patients
    received ideal care
  • Lindenauer et al. Ann Intern Med 2006

Antibiotics in Acute COPD Exacerbation
  • Patients experiencing COPD exacerbations with
    clinical signs of airway infection (e.g.,
    increased volume and change in color of sputum,
    and/or fever) may benefit from antibiotic
    treatment (Evidence B)
  • Appropriate use of antibiotics in acute
    exacerbations of COPD is imperative to help
    control the emergence of multidrug-resistant

Saint et al. JAMA 1996 273 957-60
Exacerbations of COPDThe Role of Bacteria
  • Exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary
    disease are frequently associated with a new
    strain of a bacterial pathogen, using molecular
  • Isolation of a new strain of H. Influenza, M.
    catarrhalis, or S. pneumoniae was associated with
    a significantly increased risk of an exacerbation
  • Newer studies suggest a change in strain of
    bacteria creates more intense inflammatory
    response in COPD

Sethi S et al. N Eng J Med 2002
347465-471 Sethi et al, Am J Respir Crit Care
Med 2008 177291-497
Novel Pharmacological Treatment of COPD
  • Macrolides
  • Actions
  • Bactericidal effects
  • Inhibition of neutrophil oxidative bursts
  • Reduce IL-6 and IL-8
  • Impact on lipopolysaccharide damage and mucous
  • Application of chronic macrolide therapy is
    subsets of patients with progressive airflow
    obstruction and mucous hypersecretion
  • No randomized studies to support use at this time

Unexplained Exacerbation in COPD
  • Unexplained exacerbation of COPD think- pulmonary
  • No
  • 6 incidence in this population
  • No indication for routine evaluation for PE
  • Yes
  • 19-29 incidence reported
  • Reasonable to maintain high level of clinical
  • Most important in patients without signs of overt
    infectious causation of the exacerbation
  • Important to re-evaluate patients not responding
    to COPD therapy

Wedzicha JA, Hurst JR. Thorax 2007 62
121-125 Tillie-Leblond I, et al. Ann Intern Med.
2006 144 390-6 Qaseem A et al. Ann Intern .
2007 146 454-8
Non-invasive Ventilation
  • Noninvasive intermittent positive pressure
    ventilation (NIPPV) in acute exacerbations
    improves blood gases and pH, reduces in-hospital
    mortality, and decreases the need for invasive
    mechanical ventilation and intubation, and
    decreases the length of hospital stay (Evidence

Brochard et al, N Eng J Med 1995333817-822
Non-invasive Ventilation
  • Mode is synchronized
  • Pressure targeted modes most frequent
  • Generally provided for only a few hours per day
  • Controversy about the use on general nursing
    wards need for specialized nursing
  • Note the contraindications relating to airway,
    secretions, mental status, and severity

Girou, E. et al. JAMA 20032902985-2991 Plant et
al. Lancet 2000 3551931-1935
Quality Indictors in COPD
ACP Clinical Practice Guidelines-2007
COPD HEDIS Indicators-2008
  • Screen patients with spirometry only if symptoms,
    especially with dyspnea (note USPSTF
    recommendation, 2008)
  • Treat only those with symptoms and FEV1 less than
    60 predicted
  • Treat with monotherapy and consider combination
  • Prescribe oxygen for those with resting hypoxemia
    (PaO2 less than 56 mm Hg
  • Consider pulmonary rehabilitation in those with
    symptoms and FEV1 less than 50 predicted
  • Use of spirometry testing in the assessment and
    diagnosis of COPD
  • Ages 40 and older
  • Adults with a new (within the measurement year)
    diagnosis or newly active COPD who received
    spirometry testing to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Spirometry testing must occur 730 days prior to
    or 180 days after the diagnosing event.
  • Pharmacotherapy Management of COPD exacerbation
  • Adults aged 40 or older by December 31 of the
    measurement year who had an acute inpatient
    discharge or an ED encounter with a principal
    diagnosis of COPD who were dispensed both
  • A systemic corticosteroid within 14 days of
  • Bronchodilator within 30 days of discharge

NOTE the eligible population for this measure is
based on the discharges and ED visits, not the
patient. It is possible for the denominator for
this measure to include multiple events for the
same patient
Approach to Inhomogeneous Emphysema
  • Evolution in thinking about approaches to
  • Surgical lung volume reduction
  • NETT trial
  • Confirmation of benefits of surgical resection of
    areas of heterogeneous emphysema
  • Benefit offset by surgical morbidity/mortality
  • Endobronchial valve placement

Patient Selection COPD for Lung Volume Reduction
  • Hyperinflation
  • Total lung capacity gt120 predicted
  • Residual volume gt150 predicted
  • Severe obstruction
  • Forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) lt40
    but higher than 20 predicted
  • Inhomogeneous emphysema by computed tomography
    and by scintillographic scan
  • Able to complete pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Decreased exercise capacity due to ventilatory
  • Lack of important hypercapnia (arterial carbon
    dioxide partial pressure PaCO2 lt55 mm Hg)
  • Absence of pulmonary hypertension and no
    clinically important bronchiectasis
  • Receiving lt10 mg/d of corticosteroids
  • No alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency

Surgical Treatment of COPD
  • National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Group
  • Improvements in lung mechanics, exercise,
    quality of life, and mortality in patients with
    upper lobe predominant, inhomogeneous emphysema
    and exercise intolerance
  • Risk of death high in patients with low FEV1,
    DLCO, and homogeneous emphysema

Goal to resect 20-35 per cent of lungs
N Eng J Med 20033482059-2073
Endobronchial Valve Treatment of COPD
  • Valve for Emphysema palliatioN Trial (VENT)
  • One way valve allowing air to exit but not
    reenter from the lung parenchyma
  • Safe procedure with minimal morbidity
  • Questions to answer regarding efficacy, patient
    selection criteria, optimal number of valves, and
    areas of deployment

Endobronchial Valve Treatment of COPD
Expiratory view
Inspiratory view
Endobronchial Treatment of COPD
  • Infusion of endobronchially delivered biological
    reagent to remodel and shrink emphysema
  • Phase 1 trial reagents create fibrin hydrogel,
    promoting atelectasis, inflammation, and
  • Reilly et al. Chest 20071311108